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The Top 10 Stories of August 14, 2013

"I was always focused on negotiating for my team but never as good at negotiating for myself." Dawn Lepore, former chief executive at Drugstore.com, in a new Bloomberg report that finds that out of the top executives at each of the companies in the S&P 500 index, only 8 percent were women, and that these women at the top ranks of Corporate America earned 18 percent less than men.

1. Egyptian forces storm pro-morsi sit-ins.
Security forces moved on Wednesday to clear two camps in Cairo occupied by supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, deploying armored vehicles, bulldozers, tear gas, snipers, and helicopters in a sustained and bloody operation that seemed to surprise some protesters with its ferocity.
(New York Times)

2. As critics united, stalled battle against frisking tactic took off.
In the City Council in late June and in a federal court on Monday, the Police Department suffered severe setbacks to its crime policy, and is now facing a court-ordered monitor, two police oversight bills, and the possibility that its perceived legacy of a significant decline in crime may come with an asterisk.
(New York Times)

3. Israel strikes two gaza sites hours before start of talks.
In the hours before Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were to start here on Wednesday, Israeli warplanes struck two sites in Gaza in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian coastal territory against southern Israel the night before, according to the Israeli military.
(New York Times)

4. A year later, immigrants face DREAM Act's limits.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, launched by President Barack Obama's administration, is aimed at undocumented immigrants between the ages of 15 and 30 who came to the U.S. as children and who are in school or have graduated from high school. The Migration Policy Institute estimates there are 1.9 million undocumented immigrants who could be eligible for deferred action.
(USA Today)

5. North Carolina faces ACLU, NAACP lawsuits over new voter ID law.
Two lawsuits filed in federal court in North Carolina have challenged the state’s new voter ID law, claiming that some of its provisions infringe on voter rights and discriminate against minorities.
(Los Angeles Times)

6. Marco Rubio returns on immigration reform.
Marco Rubio’s back in the ring on immigration reform and he’s got a new move: Congress needs to fix the problem — or Barack Obama will. The line is meant to touch a nerve with conservatives who might dislike the idea of immigration reform, but loathe the idea of Obama taking on any major issue on his own — let alone immigration.
(Politico)

7. Eurozone's longest-ever recession comes to an end.
That brighter — or less gloomy — backdrop was confirmed in figures Wednesday, which showed that the longest-ever recession to afflict the eurozone came to an end in the second quarter of the year. Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office, said the 17 EU countries that use the euro saw their collective economic output increase by 0.3 percent in the April to June period from the previous quarter.
(Associated Press)

8. Nuclear agency violating law at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, court says.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is "flouting the law" by not conducting a licensing review of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada, a federal appeals court said Tuesday. The ruling was a victory of sorts for those who want the proposed dump to open but may have little practical impact in the long-running dispute over Yucca Mountain. The Obama administration and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hope to kill the project.
(Los Angeles Times)

9. Voters mad about NSA spying face uphill battle.
Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about government invasion of privacy while investigating terrorism, and some ordinary citizens are finding ways to push back. They are signing online petitions and threatening lawsuits. Like Scot, some are pressing their providers to be upfront when data is shared with the government, which federal law allows as long as the person isn't being investigated under an active court order.
(Associated Press)

10. Crunch time for Keystone XL.
It’s crunch time in the fight over constructing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Both sides believe a decision by President Obama could come by the end of the year, making the next few months critical for lobbying and messaging efforts.
(The Hill)

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